Sandra Seville-Jones Passes Away
Planning Commissioner and Longtime Community Volunteer, Sandra Seville-Jones Passes Away
Manhattan Beach, CA (March 11, 2019) – It is with great sadness that the City of Manhattan Beach announces the passing of Planning Commissioner, Sandra Seville-Jones. Ms. Seville-Jones passed away in the early morning hours of March 9, 2019, due to complications following surgery.
Sandra was a tireless community volunteer and served as a member of the Planning Commission (2007-2012, 2017-2019) and Parking and Public Improvements Commission (2005-2007). Additionally, she was deeply involved in the community through the leadership training program, Leadership Manhattan Beach (LMB), the Hometown Fair Board, and biennial City Council candidate forums.
“The City is deeply saddened by the loss of Sandra Seville-Jones. Sandra was always thoughtful, prepared, insightful, and courteous to those who appeared before the Commission. More than that, she was a true friend and will be greatly missed,” said Mayor Steve Napolitano.
For more than a decade, Sandra led the City Council simulation exercise within the annual LMB program. She elevated the exercise with feedback for participants and interactive questions for City officials who attended the proceedings. In her role as moderator of City Council candidate forums, Sandra’s questions were well researched and designed to elicit insight into future City leaders. As a boardmember of the Hometown Fair Board, Sandra served in various capacities for well over a decade.
Sandra Seville-Jones was a corporate lawyer at Munger, Tolles & Olson’s since 1986 and most recently was the Co-Managing Partner. She served in this role since 2009 and advocated for diversity and inclusion in the legal industry and at the law firm. Ms. Seville-Jones specialized in corporate, business and securities law. Sandra frequently spoke at conferences focused on women in law, serving as a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, and championing benefits to support working parents.
The City will adjourn the next City Council meeting scheduled for March 19, 2019, in her memory.